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University at Buffalo: Has New Chair of Community Health/Health Behavior Department

Following a national search, Dr. Gregory G. Homish, a psychiatric epidemiologist with expertise in substance use and mental health, has been named chair of the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Dr. Homish is a principal investigator on a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a study that will evaluate the Opioid Intervention Court (OIC) strategy and compare in various ways the outcomes of OIC participants with a group of participants enrolled in traditional drug treatment court.

Among other topics, Dr. Homish has studied how substance use and misuse impact families, investigating topics such as how drinking and smoking might affect marriages. He has also investigated these issues in the context of the military, with research focusing on military personnel, including reservists.

Last year, Dr. Homish received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue his study examining the health of soldiers who have never deployed and those who are separating from the military. The study will examine how these two factors affect changes in the health of soldiers and their spouses.

Dr. Homish also studies disaster response in rural areas and the effect of emergency response on first responders.

He is a member of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee of the World Trade Center Health Program.

Dr. Homish holds a bachelor’s in biology and psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He did his National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral training in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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